Boxing

  • Mike Tyson shoves fan for getting a little too handsy with him

    Ryan McKinnell at Boxing 2 hrs ago

    Being a celebrity has its perks: the money, the attention, the freebies, the travel – the whole package seems like a dream for most everybody outside the club .

    However, what about the overzealous fans who step over each other for a photo with you?

    Mike Tyson was the king of boxing in the late-1980s/early-'90s. Equally as nightmare-inducing for his work inside the ring as he was for his reputation outside, "Iron Mike" became the most feared man of a generation.

    Then he was a convicted felon. Next came bankruptcy. Shortly after, a battle with cocaine and alcohol. Finally, a reformed Tyson debuted this decade and fans have gotten to see the boxing great in classic motion picture cameos and some were lucky enough to catch Tyson on Broadway where he performed his one-man show, "The Undisputed Truth."

    So he's reformed, yes. But is he soft and cuddly? Well, that's your mistake to make.

    And really, shame on that guy – who is obviously old enough to know exactly what Mike Tyson could do in his heyday – for thinking he can just up and bro-hug him out of left field.

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao mockingly immortalized with hilarious Punch-Out parody

    Ryan McKinnell at Boxing 4 hrs ago

    Many who grew up in the 1970s and '80s know all about Mike–Tyson's Punch-Out, but it was a video game on Nintendo. The game featured a young upstart boxer "Little Mac" as he attempted to climb the ladder of fictitious 8-bit boxers (Soda Popinski, Mr. Sandman, King Hippo were some of the names that will ring familiar with gaming fans) in the hopes of finally reaching the coveted prize of facing off against "Iron Mike" himself.

    If you ever did reach Tyson in the final fight, chances are you were decimated just like all of his other foes during the late-80s – Lord knows I was. Seriously, how much money can a person spend on broken controllers? (Wait, this was 1987... How much of your parents' money can a person spend on broken controllers?")

    This generation's enigma is undefeated 48-0 Floyd Mayweather. If Tyson was known for his vicious power and killer instinct inside the ring, Mayweather carries a reputation for the opposite: he's fast, elusive and one of the greatest counterpunchers the sport of boxing has ever seen.

    One thing is perfectly clear: No one would have had a chance if "Money" was the final boss...

     

  • Who's next for Floyd Mayweather in his final fight?

    Joe Garza at Boxing 5 hrs ago

    LAS VEGAS – After yet another unanimous decision victory, this time over the man regarded as the second-best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, it’s fair to ponder what’s next for Floyd Mayweather.

    Saturday’s victory over Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena could only be described as Mayweather-esque, as the pound-for-pound king used defense, footwork, a sharp jab and an accurate right hand to win a fairly easy decision.

    With one more fight left on his contract with Showtime, Mayweather is scheduled to return to the ring in September for one last fight before, he has repeatedly said, retiring. But whom will he fight?

    It isn’t easy following a megafight, no matter the debate over the quality of the bout. And any opponent he faces will not have the juice that Pacquiao provided. In short, Mayweather has pretty much beaten everybody.

  • Floyd Mayweather says he'll give up his belts: 'I'm not trying to be greedy'

    Joe Garza at Boxing 1 day ago

    LAS VEGAS – In a post-fight news conference that included talk of a Manny Pacquiao shoulder injury, cheering for Floyd Mayweather from some in the press pit and plenty of discussion about Mayweather’s future, perhaps the most surprising aspect was a question regarding Mayweather’s numerous championship belts.

    By defeating Pacquiao by unanimous decision Saturday night in typical Mayweather fashion, the pound-for-pound king added a fifth title to his current collection.

    So a reporter asked Mayweather if he was planning to give up his belts Monday, as he had apparently previously told some members of the media.

    "I'm not trying to be greedy,” Mayweather said.

    What belts would Mayweather be relinquishing?

    Ya know, unless he changes his mind.

  • Manny Pacquiao fought with injured right shoulder, denied shot in locker room

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 day ago

    LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao threw fewer punches than Floyd Mayweather, 435-429, which few observers could have predicted.

    But Pacquiao's camp is claiming he had a right shoulder injury that he suffered three to four weeks before the fight. He had taken anti-inflammatory shots that were approved by the United States Anti-Doping Agency during camp. He requested to take a shot after arriving in his locker room shortly after 6 p.m. PT, but was denied by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

    Trainer Freddie Roach said the injury occurred when Pacquiao threw a right hand during camp approximately a month ago. There was no doctor available to explain the injury, but Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said it was the same injury that Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffered that ended his 2014-2015 season.

    Bryant had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.

    One source said he might need surgery that could keep him out for up to nine months, but that was not confirmed at the news conference.

    The drugs he wanted to take were not performance-enhancing, but because he checked on a medical form that he had no injuries, the commission denied him the shot. The drugs were Bupivacaine, Celestone and Lidocaine .

  • Periscope proves a new method for pirating Mayweather-Pacquiao

    Jay Busbee at Boxing 1 day ago

    Floyd Mayweather completely controlled his Saturday night fight against Manny Pacquiao for a unanimous victory.

    Against Twitter and Periscope, though, Mayweather didn't even land a glove.

    The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight cost up to $100 to purchase in-home, with exponentially higher fees for bars showing the fight. HBO and Showtime had been aggressive in chasing down sites illegally streaming the fight,filing lawsuits well before Saturday night. The prevailing belief had been that if you wanted to watch the fight illegally, you needed to create a Virtual Private Network into one of the countries showing the fight for free.

    Turns out, all you needed was a cell phone and a Twitter account.

    Periscope streams didn't just include broadcasts of the fight. Some brave soul was apparently Periscoping from the actual arena itself:

  • Justin Bieber, Jimmy Kimmel and Burger King highlight fighter entrances

    Kevin Kaduk at Boxing 1 day ago

    Justin Bieber, Jimmy Kimmel and the Burger King stole the show before Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao tapped gloves at the MGM Grand on Saturday night.

    Because of course they did.

    As has become custom, Mayweather was escorted to the ring by Bieber. They were joined, however, by the Burger King mascot and one presumes the hamburger chain paid a pretty penny for the opportunity.

    Why the Burger King and Justin Bieber pic.twitter.com/krloyHz7YC

    Late night host Jimmy Kimmel, meanwhile, lampooned Mayweather's unique choice of escorts by dressing like Rev Run from Run DMC and sporting a pretty funny t-shirt.

    Love Jimmy Kimmel's shirt it has a Pac-Man eating a bunch of little Mayweather faces pic.twitter.com/eRlJbjVR3D

    Pacquiao, Kimmel and Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, even took time to snap a selfie off during the ring walk.

     

    14 years in the gym for 1 night in the ring. #MayPac pic.twitter.com/VWWxeEkyN9

     

  • Pay-per-view problems delay start of Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

    Kevin Kaduk at Boxing 1 day ago

    The start of Saturday's Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight was delayed after several cable and satellite companies had trouble processing the rush of pay-per-view orders.

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    Fans attempting to plunk down $100 for the fight ran into trouble in several different ways and experienced difficulties when they attempted to resolve the problems with customer service. Frustrated the fans lodged complaints on social media toward several companies including DirecTV, Charter and Time Warner.

    @DIRECTV Done hanging tight. Busy shopping for new provider. #MayweatherPacquiao

    Here's what the #MayweatherPacquiao fight looks like on @Charter ...who is currently redefining "one moment" pic.twitter.com/9ERrMfsT3V

     

  • Sports world reacts to Mayweather's win

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Boxing 1 day ago

    Boring. Dominant. Refund-worthy. Solidifying.

    Reactions to Floyd Mayweather's win over Manny Pacquiao hit across the spectrum, including from those in the pro sports world. Torii Hunter found himself in hot water early on after he seemed to brush Mayweather's history of domestic violence. Here's a look at musings from other athletes via social media: 

    That fight was horrible. #bringheavyweightsback #knockout #actualboxing

    Sorry boxing fans.

    We waited 5 years for that... #underwhelmed #MayPac

    Underwhelming.

    I hope the rematch costs 9.99.

     

  • Las Vegas airport clogged with private planes ahead of fight

    Kevin Kaduk at Boxing 1 day ago

    Don't you just hate it when you arrive somewhere and there's no place to park your Learjet?

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    That was the #firstworldproblem greeting some of the well-heeled Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao  fans arriving at McCarran Internation in Las Vegas for Saturday night's fight.

    Los Angeles sports anchor Liz Habib and others tweeted insane pictures of the parking situation, which looked like a crazy Flight Control game gone awry.

    Private Jets at Las Vegas airport!!! Wing to wing- airport closed now to private planes #MayPac pic.twitter.com/hj8eIZ71wc

    Private plane parking nearing capacity at McCarran #fightweekend #news3lv pic.twitter.com/lUn7e9AEaQ